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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
June 6, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases of the Day
INS News of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney.

Editor's Comments of the Day

Last week we invited visitors to check the posting "Help, I'm married to an alien," on the discussion board. Sylvie, a US citizen, had married an alien and petitioned for him, but the marriage was not a happy one. She sought advice not so much on the relevant immigration law as she did on dealing with matters of the heart. Now, in a subsequent posting she thanks the viewers for their responses. Immigration laws prevent bright students from attending college. Immigration laws have led to an enforcement effort reaching the proportions of a military campaign on our Southwestern border. The law separates aliens from US citizen spouses and children for having committed some relatively minor offense long ago. Sylvie's request reminds us that law is only one facet of immigration. Ultimately it is not about the law, it is about peoples' lives.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Request for I-643 Health and Human Services Statistical Data for Refugee/ Asylee Adjusting Status
The Department of Justice is encouraging comments on Form I-643 Health and Human Services Statistical Data for Refugee/Asylee Adjusting Status. Comments will be accepted until August 4, 2000.

Cases of the Day

Seventh Circuit Reiterates the Law for Children Born Outside the US to Alien Parents Who Acquire US Citizenship
In Wedderburn v. INS No. 99-2241 (7th Cir., June 1,2000), the 7th Circuit clarified that under sec. 321(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. sec.1432(a)) the sex of the parent (or parents) who naturalize or have custody is irrelevant and that this section does not discriminate against illegitimate children. The court upheld INA sec. 321 and stated that "a father of a legitimated child automatically passes citizenship to the child, if the mother also becomes a citizen, or has died, or if the father acquired legal custody of the child following a legal separation from the mother." A father may also pass citizenship to a legitimated child in his legal custody by applying for certificate of citizenship under sec. 322.

INS News of the Day

ILW.COM invites the submissions of correspondence about matters of immigration law from government agencies. Submissions may be published. Please send to

VWPP Parole Extended
In an e-mail to ILW.COM the INS has confirmed that, "the parole accommodation has now officially been extended thru 6/30," pending action by Congress to extend the Visa Waiver Pilot Program.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

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After Elian, When Can a Child Apply For Asylum?
Attorney Cyrus Mehta examines the recent decision of the 11th Circuit in Gonzalez v. Reno, No. 00-11424 (11th Cir. June 1, 2000) .
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Immigration News of the Day

Talented, But Not Legal
According to Education Week, there are hundreds of students in the US who have overcome tremendous odds to succeed in school but whose immigration status may bar them from getting a college education. Federal laws require public schools to open their doors to undocumented children and at the same time bar undocumented aliens from receiving federal financial aid such as work-study jobs, grants, or federally subsidized student loans.

Smuggling Tide Flooding City: Traffic in Human Cargo Soars as Chinese Flee
The New York Daily News reports that the tide of human smuggling from China has hit record levels. Advocates believe Congress' expansion of the grounds for seeking asylum based on China's policy of limiting families to one child has encouraged people to try to reach the US illegally. Since 1996, almost 3,000 Chinese nationals have won asylum under the claim, but immigration attorneys concede others simply lie about their opposition to the policy once they are in INS custody.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Visit the Team Behind ILW.COM- The Immigration Portal
You can visit the team behind ILW.COM- The Immigration Portal, at booths 208 and 307 during the Annual AILA convention in Chicago from June 15th through 17th. This event is being held in the Sheraton Chicago located at East North Water Street in downtown Chicago.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Transcripts of Chats with Laurence Johnson and Ismail Laher
Transcripts of the recent chat session with attorneys Laurence Johnson and Ismail Laher are now available. Check them to find answers to your immigration questions.

Letters to the Editor

We encourage correspondence on any immigration related matters and comments on the ILW.COM site. Send letters to Letters may be edited for clarity, legal and space considerations, and may be published and otherwise used in any medium.

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